I recently expressed my interest in "mobile black and white" photography. I know it has been possible on the 808 PureView, I learned it was even possible before (N9/Lumia 800), but for some reason in the almost three years I'm working with the device I never considered actually using the b/w option. That changed. This week I went to the beautiful old city of Utrecht and captured a few hundred shots with both the 808 PureView and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - in full colour and black and white.
Since we are mobile photographers amongst each other here, and smartphone photography has come quite close to professional standards, I have a question for you. Do you prefer shooting in full colour, or black and white? And if you do like a black and white result, do you work with your full colour shot, or shoot black and white right away?
During my few days in Barcelona, of course I didn't just shoot pictures at the Mobile World Congress. In this post you'll see a selection of the shots of the old and new Barcelona I captured with the Lumia 1520. Sure, I used other cameras as well, I just used the Lumia 1520 most, since I was - and still am - pretty impressed by what you can achieve with Rich Capture on Lumia Camera.
Today is a cold and grey day in the Netherlands: too dull for photography, I thought. My smartcam friend Massis Sirapian advised me to shoot in b/w, and although I did try to get a few nice monochrome shots from my Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, I still don't have much of an "eye" for that kind of photography. Nevertheless, I feel confident you'll find some interesting shots in this post, all captured with the Lumix DMC-CM1.
Deciding which phones to bring to an important event like the Mobile World Congress is always something that can keep my mind busy for days. Of course I bring the "usual suspects" (808, 1020, 1520, CM1), but I decided to bring the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom as well - and I was glad I did.
I promised a few shots from Barcelona captured with different smartcams, and I'd like to start with what I captured from and around Las Arenas, the former bullfighting arena at Plaza Espanya, now a shopping mall and one of the famous landmarks of the city.
I didn't get to test them, but there were a few other devices I noticed at the Mobile World Congress I should be writing about here: the Lenovo VIBE Shot, the Asus Zenfone 2 and - from a completely unknown but very ambitious brand from the US - the Saygus V2.
The last announcement I attended at the Mobile World Congress this year may easily be the most surprising, if not exciting one. The Honor 6+ is coming to Europe and Honor - a Huawei sub-brand - shows incredible ambition with its dual camera.